PRETORIA– South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), aims to regain control of a number of the country’s major metropolitan municipalties, which it has lost to opposition parties in past elections.
South African and ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa said Sunday that the ANC would reclaim their control over the big Metros in the next local government elections. The ANC lost the Johannesburg, Tshawane and the Nelson Mandela Bay Metros to a Democratic Alliance-led coalition in the 2016 municipal elections.
The DA earlier gained outright control of the Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality, the second biggest in the country after Johannesburg, in the 2011 municipal elections.
Ramaphosa, who was leading the ANC voter registration campaign in Gauteng province over the weekend, visiting o shopping centres in the Soweto area of Johannesburg and engaging with communities in the streets of Tshwane, was confident that the public reception he experienced would translate into votes.
We are all politicians; we hope and are working to translate this warm feeling into votes. Our target and our aim is to win Tshwane back, is to win all the Metros back and right now we think they are within our grasp,” the president added.
“In fact they are in our palm and all we need to do is to close our hands and all the Metros are back in African National Congress control.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK